Traci N. Bethea, PhD, MPA
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPA, Columbia University

Dr. Traci N. Bethea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at BU School of Medicine and an Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. She received her B.A. from Duke University, M.P.A. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in environmental health from Boston University School of Public Health. Trained in both environmental science and environmental epidemiology, Dr. Bethea has extensive experience analyzing and interpreting data related to environmental exposures and human health. Her work has investigated health impacts related to the siting of correctional facilities, healthy housing in housing developments, particulate matter exposure in public transit systems, urban/rural status and self-rated health, and individual- and community-level factors in relation to head and neck cancer. Her postdoctoral research has focused on cancer epidemiology and cancer health disparities affecting African Americans. In particular, Dr. Bethea has used pooled data from consortial projects to examine risk factors for breast cancer subtypes among African American women and to assess the relation of body mass index to risk of pancreatic cancer mortality among African Americans. Current work continues research on breast cancer subtypes in African American women and also examines risk factors for ovarian cancer and for sleep disturbances. New research directions involve the study of environmental and social factors as predictors of health disparities in cancer incidence and survivorship and aims to “bridge the gap” between the biologic, individual, and macroenvironmental levels.

Boston University School of Medicine
Slone Epidemiology Center

2017 NIH/NHLBI PRIDE Annual Meeting: First Place Poster Award based on highest reviewer scores on overall impact or criterion strength
2017-2019 BU CTSI (NIH/NCATS): KL2 Scholar Awardee - relinquished in 2017 for NCI K01 award
2016-2017 NIH/NHLBI: PRIDE Scholar (Behavioral and Sleep Medicine)
2016-2018 NIH/NIMHD: Extramural Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Award
2014 American Society of Preventive Oncology Annual Meeting: Calle/Rodriguez Minority Travel Award for a Top-Ranked Abstract
2014 Aetna Foundation: Travel Scholarship to NIH mHealth Winter Training Institute
2013 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Cancer Institute: Workshop on Pancreatitis-Diabetes-Pancreatic Cancer Travel Award
2012 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting: Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award
2005-2006 School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University: MPA Environmental Science and Policy Scholarship

An assessment of whether aspirin and/or vitamin D improves breast cancer outcomes in Black women and the modifying effect of genetic variants
08/01/2017 - 07/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

IndexUS: The Black Women's Health Index
03/01/2015 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
Black Women's Health Imperative

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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  1. Wesselink AK, Bethea TN, McClean M, Weuve J, Williams PL, Hauser R, Sjödin A, Brasky TM, Baird DD, Wise LA. Predictors of plasma polychlorinated biphenyl concentrations among reproductive-aged black women. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2019 Jul 05.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31285139.
  2. Schildkraut JM, Peres LC, Bethea TN, Camacho F, Chyn D, Cloyd EK, Bandera EV, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Lipworth L, Joslin CE, Davis FG, Moorman PG, Myers E, Ochs-Balcom HM, Setiawan VW, Pike MC, Wu AH, Rosenberg L. Ovarian Cancer in Women of African Ancestry (OCWAA) consortium: a resource of harmonized data from eight epidemiologic studies of African American and white women. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Jun 24. PMID: 31236792.
  3. Bethea TN, Wesselink AK, Weuve J, McClean MD, Hauser R, Williams PL, Ye X, Calafat AM, Baird DD, Wise LA. Correlates of exposure to phenols, parabens, and triclocarban in the Study of Environment, Lifestyle and Fibroids. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2019 Jan 28.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30692588.
  4. Allott EH, Geradts J, Cohen SM, Khoury T, Zirpoli GR, Bshara W, Davis W, Omilian A, Nair P, Ondracek RP, Cheng TD, Miller CR, Hwang H, Thorne LB, O'Connor S, Bethea TN, Bell ME, Hu Z, Li Y, Kirk EL, Sun X, Ruiz-Narvaez EA, Perou CM, Palmer JR, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Troester MA. Frequency of breast cancer subtypes among African American women in the AMBER consortium. Breast Cancer Res. 2018 02 06; 20(1):12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29409530.
  5. Palmer JR, Castro-Webb N, Bertrand K, Bethea TN, Denis GV. Type II Diabetes and Incidence of Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer in African American Women. Cancer Res. 2017 Nov 15; 77(22):6462-6469.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29141994; DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-1903;.
  6. Bertrand KA, Gerlovin H, Bethea TN, Palmer JR. Pubertal growth and adult height in relation to breast cancer risk in African American women. Int J Cancer. 2017 Dec 15; 141(12):2462-2470.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28845597.
  7. Chollet-Hinton L, Olshan AF, Nichols HB, Anders CK, Lund JL, Allott EH, Bethea TN, Hong CC, Cohen SM, Khoury T, Zirpoli GR, Borges VF, Rosenberg LA, Bandera EV, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR, Troester MA. Biology and Etiology of Young-Onset Breast Cancers among Premenopausal African American Women: Results from the AMBER Consortium. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Dec; 26(12):1722-1729.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28903991.
  8. Coogan PF, White LF, Yu J, Brook RD, Burnett RT, Marshall JD, Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Jerrett M. Long-Term Exposure to NO2 and Ozone and Hypertension Incidence in the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Hypertens. 2017 Apr 01; 30(4):367-372.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28096146; DOI: 10.1093/ajh/hpw168;.
  9. Bethea TN, Palmer JR, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L. A prospective study of reproductive factors and exogenous hormone use in relation to ovarian cancer risk among Black women. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 May; 28(5):385-391.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28025764; DOI: 10.1007/s10552-016-0840-4;.
  10. Charlot M, Castro-Webb N, Bethea TN, Bertrand K, Boggs DA, Denis GV, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Diabetes and breast cancer mortality in Black women. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Jan; 28(1):61-67.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27995352; DOI: 10.1007/s10552-016-0837-z;.
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